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2017 Ohio Crop Tour

2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

After an extremely wet growing season for Ohio we were not sure quite what to expect in the 2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour. We had heard about dry weather, but were surprised how dry some fields were, especially in the northwestern part of the state.

There were certainly some examples that showed up in fields on the 2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour displaying evidence of those challenging conditions. We found some corn still pollinating to dented after the spread out planting season for many this spring. But, at the same time, we saw many more examples of how solid farm management practices made the most of some challenging weather situations and others capitalized on timely rains. The Tour was sponsored by AgroLiquid.

In the West, the I-75 group had an average corn yield of 169 bushels on Day 1 and 183 bushels on Day 2. The Eastern leg of the Ohio Crop Tour averaged 180 bushels on Day 1 and 166 bushels on Day 2.

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2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day 2

 

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Montgomery County corn summary: This was a nice corn field. It had good plant health.  The stand count was 31,000 with good stalks and very uniform spacing.  There was GLS, anthracnose and common rust below the ear leaf. There was no insect pressure. The pollination was very good and the ears were filled to the end with a yield of 191 bushels.

Montgomery County soybean summary: The beans were 33 inches tall in this nice looking field. It was about four inches to the first node. There was just a little bit of sudden death syndrome, but other than that there were no diseases or bugs. They were late planted and could definitely use another rain or two.

Greene County corn summary: There was some GLS and some rust above the ear. There was anthracnose three leaves up. There was no insect pressure. The roots and stalks looked good.

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2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 2

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See results from Day #1 of the I-71 Leg of The 2017 Ohio Crop Tour

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Clinton County Corn Summary: This corn was fairly short, compared to what we have seen throughout the day and grass and weeds fill the rows. N is still in good shape here. Ears were short, but had some body to them. A few 18s and one 20 around. Ear count was 28 and this field is well in the dent stage. Our yield calc is 172.

Clinton County Soybean Summary: We found out from the farmer that there are non-GMO beans and although weeds have gotten in here, the plants were very healthy. A fungicide was recently applied so disease was in check and we did notice slight feeding from Japanese Beetles.

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2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day 1

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How are yield calculations made on the Ohio Crop Tour? 

Van Wert corn summary: The gaps were the worst we’ve seen due to the early saturated conditions. It was first planted May 22 and then replanted two weeks later. There was a population of 21,000 due to the gaps. There was some gray leaf spot, NCLB and common rust. There was a half-inch to an inch of tip-back. The yield is 135 bushels and it could use some rain. The heavy rains this spring took a toll on this field. There was N deficiency. This is a poor to fair field.

Van Wert soybean summary: The height was 26 inches and the first node was four inches. There were a few Japanese beetles and some brown spot. There were many plants still blooming and pods have a long way to go. They need some rain.

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2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 1

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Marion County Corn Summary: Both of these fields were replanted and both were 20 inch rows. The corn had a ways to go and the dirt was very dry as you can see by our stake. Very light insect and disease pressures and the ear count was 33. Bird and raccoon damage was seen here as well. Overall this field was clean with some pollination issues and our yield guess is 165.

Marion County Soybean Summary: This was the most variable field we have been in on tour. Some water damage was noted and now, ironically, it could use a little rain. Canopy height was 34 inches and the first node was 4 inches high. We rate this field as Fair to Good.

Wyandot County Corn Summary: Took a long and windy path to find this massive field (Bart hopped up on the van for the picture because we don’t have a drone #EastIsBeast).

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How yield calculations are made on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

Over the next two days, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net crews will be sampling corn and soybean fields throughout Ohio. The Eastern Leg will use Interstate 71 as a guide and the Western Leg will remain in close proximity to Interstate 75.

In this video, the I-71 scouts walk through how a sample is taken and calculations are made.

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Kernals on the Cob (A Crop Tour Parody)

Get ready for this year’s I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour, presented by AgroLiquid, by checking out this crop tour parody song written by Matt Reese and Ty Higgins!

Lyrics:
Every year we hit the road
to look at lots of crops
Husking ears and counting pods
At every single stop
If there is mud caked on our boots
It’s never quite as fun
But rain or shine we’ll be just fine
And work til the jobs done.

Counting kernals on the cob
How’d I get this crazy job?
Hit the road just before dawn
Spend the day in the hot sun
Looking for insects and different kinds of Leaf disease.
I’ll sample the corn, cause I have to pee.

We stop for doughnuts and ice cream
A few times along the way
Swapping tall tales of short corn
We saw throughout the day
We crisscross the interstate
Back roads are all we drive
Sure hope Bart fixed those truck breaks
So we make it back alive.

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2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by AgroLiquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 16 and 17. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).

The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at ocj.com, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights.

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